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New York 2018 ISPA Congress - Josephine Ridge
New York 2018 ISPA Congress
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Josephine Ridge

Session 3 | Festivals: Thinking Glocal?
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Josephine Ridge | Speaker

LUMINATO - Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity (Canada)

Artistic Director

Josephine was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. Her love for working in the arts started from a chance placement with the BBC while travelling in Europe and a two-week long engagement, turned into a three year job and a lifelong commitment. Returning to Australia in 1986, she worked with a Melbourne theatre company, Playbox, before moving to Sydney to work with Opera Australia. Considered one of Australia’s most experienced arts professionals, her experience has encompassed marketing, communications, sponsorship, philanthropy, general management and artistic direction. Other companies Josephine has worked with include The Malthouse Theatre, Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Australian Ballet. In 2003 she became General Manager, later Executive Director, of Sydney Festival where her experience led to an invitation to curate three editions of Melbourne Festival as Artistic Director (2013-2015). In 2016, she was appointed Artistic Director of Luminato Festival in Toronto where she currently works.

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